2018 Beneficiaries of Elizabeth Toon Charities

Bachman Lake Together

Bachman Lake Together is an early childhood collective impact initiative committed to serving the families of the Bachman Lake community through dual generational early childhood programming and parent-led community leadership. Its mission is to ensure that children living in the Bachman Lake neighborhood are physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually ready for school by age 5 through measurable progress. Elizabeth Toon Charities will be directly impacting their Early Childhood Education Program, serving approximately 1000 children next year.

Baylor Health

Elizabeth Toon Charities will support a Child Life Specialist to work under the Supportive and Palliative Care Program at Baylor Scott & White. The care providers in this program seek to help relieve pain and suffering for patients who are facing life-limiting illness while also providing emotional, social and spiritual support to these patients and their families. Pediatric hospitals have child life specialists who support children who are ill, but few adult hospitals serve the emotional needs of children of a seriously ill parent, grandparent, or other close family member. With the help of ETC, Baylor will provide these child life services free of charge.

Children’s Craniofacial Association

Children’s Craniofacial Association mission is to empower and give hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. ETC will help send families to the Annual Family Retreat & Educational Symposium held each June. The retreat provides individuals affected by a facial difference, their siblings and parents an opportunity to interact with others who have endured similar experiences. The unique weekend retreat allows families to share ideas, problems and solutions and make life-long friendships. The weekend kicks off on Thursday with an Educational Symposium and the rest of the weekend allows time and activities to build new relationships and bonds of understanding and caring, which will lend support through both difficult and good times in the future.

Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer

Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer provides families with children in the last stages of terminal cancer assistance in creating everlasting memories by providing last wishes, gifts, special events, family travel and financial assistance with household expenses. All assistance is arranged through the parents and is anonymous to the child. With the help of Elizabeth Toon Charities, Clayton Dabney for Kids With Cancer will be able to serve 7 additional families.

Cook Children’s

Based in Fort Worth, Cook Children’s Health Care System is comprised of a medical center, physician networks, health plan, home health services, and more than 60 primary and specialty clinics across North and West Texas. The grant from Elizabeth Toon Charities will go towards Cook Children’s Center for Vulnerable Children and will specifically fund salary support for a dedicated social worker to provide trauma-informed medical care coordination and case management to new foster care placements in order to increase the percent of foster children receiving appropriate medical care within the state mandated 30-day timeframe.

Dallas Casa

Dallas CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children under the protective care of the state, so they will have safe, permanent homes where they can thrive. The grant from ETC will allow Dallas CASA to provide over 7 children with a volunteer advocate for an entire year bringing them a greater chance of finding a safe, permanent home, never returning to the child welfare system again and breaking the cycle of abuse.

Family Gateway

The mission of Family Gateway is to provide stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness. Because of the detrimental effects of homelessness for children, Family Gateway offers a unique Early Childhood Education Program for families in their care. Elizabeth Toon Charities will support this program that offers 100% of children age 6 weeks to 5 years a formal assessment with an Early Education Children’s Case Manager who also works with these families to ensure that children are offered the opportunity to attend an early childhood education program through local partner programs and agencies.


Elizabeth Toon Charities Partner Charities- Charities that have been selected for annual support

Camp John Marc

Camp John Marc is a unique camp facility in Bosque County, Texas that serves children with chronic illnesses and major physical disabilities by making possible high-quality, year-round camping experiences. These experiences are motivated by the belief that every camper has the right to discovery and adventure in nature’s world, and deserves a chance to see, touch, play, and feel better. At Camp John Marc, Special Camps for Special Kids provides cooperative programming with the health organizations, community volunteers, and pediatric hospitals also dedicated to serving these children. Camp John Marc serves children and families, primarily from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with a variety of special medical needs or major physical disabilities. Each session at camp is dedicated to a particular diagnosis and campers are chosen through partnering groups and organizations. Camp John Marc primarily partners with groups affiliated with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas and Cook Children’s Medical Center of Fort Worth. Camp John Marc utilizes community and medical volunteers to provide program support and quality medical care and treatment in the camp setting.

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

The mission of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and provide national leadership on child abuse issues. DCAC’s clients are children who have been sexually abused, severely physically abused, experienced extreme neglect, or have witnessed a violent crime. They are referred by law enforcement or Child Protective Services, come from all residential zip codes of Dallas County, and closely mirror the ethnic make-up of the community. Statistically, the average client is a 9-10 year-old girl, who has been sexually abused by someone she knows and trusts. Last year, DCAC served more than 2,400 children (and their non-offending family members).

DCAC houses the Child Abuse Unit of the Dallas Police Department, five units of Child Protective Services, and an Assistant District Attorney. Having all of these professionals under one roof drives collaboration and communication in the very sensitive cases that DCAC coordinates. Children who are victimized need help to process what they have experienced in order to heal. DCAC has expert child therapists who provide art therapy, play therapy, animal assisted therapy and music therapy. Services are free of charge.


Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support

Genesis Women’s Shelter exists to provide safety, shelter, and support for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and to raise awareness regarding its cause, prevalence and impact. Early childhood intervention is essential in breaking the generational cycle of abuse plaguing families served by Genesis. The Emergency Shelter Children’s Program, with help from ETC, will provide care tailored to meet the needs of each individual child, enabling Genesis to heal a child’s wounds, repair their trust in the adults, and help them rebuild a future free from abuse and violence.

It’s A Sensory World
It’s a Sensory World provides a safe, affordable and multi-sensory educational, recreational and therapeutic services for children of all abilities and their families. ISW is dedicated to providing these services for children with Autism, Down Syndrome, communication/sensory processing disorders and other special needs. The unique programs bridge the gap between therapy, home, school and mainstream recreation. ETC will help It’s a Sensory World individually celebrate and challenge each child to reach their full potential in education and home life.

Mercy Street

Mercy Street exists to be used by God to spark Christ-honoring community restoration by engaging in mutually-transforming relationships with the future leaders of West Dallas. Mercy Street’s programs in and outside of West Dallas are focused on the low-income, at-risk students in grades 4-12. The grant from ETC will help Mercy Street provide a mentor to every child in West Dallas who desires to have one.

New Friends New Life

New Friends New Life restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children. By providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support, New Friends New Life helps women and their children overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty and limited opportunities. NFNL is the only organization of its kind in the Dallas area. Funding from ETC will go toward their Children and Youth Program which offers individual counseling, academic tutoring, mentoring, partnering with school counselors, working with any developmental needs, and providing meals and childcare while mothers participate in other programs at NFNL.

Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation          www.ntpgajuniorgolf.com/fairway-to-success.html

North Texas PGA is committed to introducing, promoting and growing the game of golf to a diverse group of kids in North Texas and instilling in them the positive, character developing traits for which the game is so well known. Each year close to 10,000 children and their families are impacted by the game that lasts a lifetime through a full circle of programs and services. Elizabeth Toon Charities will be funding the Fairway to Success Program which introduces the game of golf to students in after school programs as well as providing college readiness opportunities through in school workshops and after school programs. The funds will support the salary of an on-campus college advisor at Lincoln High School to assist more students on their collegiate journey.

Rays of Light

Rays of Light is dedicated to serving children with special needs and their families in the Dallas metropolitan area through support, relief, education, and love. Rays of Light offers a unique evening, Night Lights, for the families with a child with special needs. Night Lights gives the parents the opportunity to have four free hours and the children get four hours of socialization and interaction with their volunteers and peers. This time can transform families and Elizabeth Toon Charities is proud to be funding this program.

Voice of Hope

The mission of Voice of Hope is to provide children living in the neighborhoods of West Dallas with strong character models, education support, life skills, and family support services needed to become productive Christian citizens. Elizabeth Toon Charities will be partnering with Voice of Hope by funding their Out of School time programs. These programs are designed to provide educational support to students through homework assistance and tutoring, as well as provide character development and spiritual growth through Biblical principles and teaching Christian values. The program provides opportunities for students’ personal growth and develop meaningful relationships with peers and supportive, caring adults.





The Ashford Rise School of Dallas

The purpose of the Ashford Rise School of Dallas is to provide the highest quality of early childhood education services to children with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities and to children without disabilities by: providing exemplary services based on recommended practices to young children with diverse abilities and their families; offering instructional opportunities through collaboration with various academic programs at local colleges and universities; engaging in research that positively influences practice in the field of early childhood education at the local, state and national levels; interfacing with the community through outreach and public awareness activities; disseminating information and providing technical assistance to other community based agencies and affecting policy and systems change at the local, state and national levels. Since 1998, the Rise School of Dallas has continuously touched the lives of children who otherwise might not have received this type of specialized education.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. They strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, training physicians from around the world. Scottish Rite treats Texas children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. As a leading pediatric orthopedic center, the hospital has treated more than 210,000 children since its inception, with more than 40,000 clinic visits each year. The hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to care, tailoring treatment to the individual needs of each child and family. All services are provided without charge to patient families.

Grant applications for 2018 will be accepted May 1 – August 1 of 2018. 

Beneficiaries of Elizabeth Toon Charities over the years

Any Baby Can
Ashford Rise School of Dallas
Bachman Lake Together
Baylor Health
Behind Every Door Ministries
Big Thought
Birthday Party Project
Bryan’s House
C5 Youth Foundation
Camp Barnabas
Camp Fire First
Camp John Marc
Camp Summit
Camp Sunshine
Catch up and Read
Catholic Charities of Dallas
Champions of Hope
Chase’s Place
Child Care Group
Child Study Center
Children’s Craniofacial Association
Children’s Health
Christian Works for Children
City Square
Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer
Community in Schools
Community Partners of Dallas
Cook Children’s
Cornerstone Crossroads Academy
Dallas CASA
Dallas Furniture Bank
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
Down Syndrome Guild
Educational First Steps
Family Compass
Family Gateway
Family Place
First Tee of Greater Dallas
Focus on Teens
Friends of Wednesday’s Child
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
Grief and Loss Center of North Texas
Heart House
Heroes for Children
Hope Supply Co.
Hope’s Door
Interfaith Housing Coalition
It’s a Sensory World
Leukemia Texas
Limbs for Life
Make a Wish
Manegait Therapeutic Horsemanship
Mary Saner Child Development Center
Mental Health America
Mercy Street
New Friends New Life
North Texas PGA
NTX Capernaum Young Life
Oak Hill Academy
Old Rock Church
Open Door Preschool
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
Presbyterian Communities and Services
Promise House
Rainbow Days
Rays of Light
Real School Gardens
Rise Adaptive Sports
Ronald McDonald House
Scottish Rite Hospital
Snowball Express
St. Simons Afterschool
Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas
Trinity River Mission
Vogal Alcove
Voice of Hope
Wesley Rankin
West Dallas Community Schoool
Wisdom’s Hope
Wonders and Worries
Young Women’s Prep